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Daryl Phillips, CEcD, EDFP
I work as an economic developer consulting with communities and companies developing locations, building communities and identifying and developing workforce. However, my opinions on this blog are free and my own, as is the blog itself.
I am a member of International Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council, Tennessee Economic Development Council and International Council of Shopping Centers.
I have earned over 20 years experience in economic and workforce development. I have earned and maintain the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from National Development Council. I have earned a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.
- TIGER grants replaced by BUILD grants for local/regional transportation infrastructure
- Happy Economic Development Week!
- An update on Opportunity Zones and Opportunity Funds
- Have your quality in economic development programs recognized by your peers
- Retail Development Event for Tennessee and Kentucky
- How to ask your local government for money to promote rural tourism
- Happy Pi Day!
- 2018 IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Awards
- Opportunity Zones and Opportunity Funds – Another Economic Tool for Your Community?
- Successful Succession Planning for Business
- Opportunity Funds – A new resource for economic development investment
- Business resiliency and planning for disruption
- Helping businesses connect to customers online
- Have a wonderful life this holiday season!
- Small Business Saturday – Better than Black Friday and Cooler than Cyber Monday (Nov. 25th)
- 2017 Tennessee Governor’s Conference on Economic & Community Development
- 2017 IEDC Annual Conference
- Dove hunting season or shooting for tourism growth
- Disaster and Disruption Planning for Communities and Companies
- I put a dollar in a change machine and I didn’t get it
- Workforce development for advanced manufacturing in the Cheatham County region
- Cheatham County May 2017 unemployment rate lowest in nearly 2 decades
- 2017 Tennessee Economic and Community Development Conference
- Tennessee Reconnect: Help for adults to go back to college
- How do you measure your workforce?
- The It’s a Wonderful Life EDO
- Why Invest in Economic Development
- Tennessee Rural Economic Development Conference
- A post with economic development tied to a haiku, it’s true!
- Right turn on LOCAL CITIZENS WHO SUPPORT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STREET
Category Archives: tourism value
The Economic Impact of Travel on Tennessee Counties 2014 from the Research Department of the U.S. Travel Association in Washington, D.C. was recently released by Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. In the report, Cheatham County, Tennessee exhibited a 3% increase from 2013 to 2014 in Direct Domestic Traveler Expenditures … Continue reading
We just learned that the 5th Annual Riverbluff Triathlon and Festival scheduled for August 8, 2015 has been canceled. For more information on the race cancellation, go to the Riverbluff Triathlon website. The race in the past began at the Ashland City … Continue reading
Here is an article that tells a little about Cheatham County’s tourism initiative: “Cheatham County Sustainable Tourism“
I read several blogs regularly, but I don’t really don’t take the time to comment and link to them as often as I once did. However, I read a post on RuralTourismMarketing.com that reminds me why I am and maybe … Continue reading
I am very much in agreement with this post, “Tourism and economic development are linked” on the Small Biz Survival blog. Some people can only see the returns from tourism from a clicking turnstile. As this post states, making your community … Continue reading
The 2010 National Banana Pudding Festival was held in Hickman County, Tennessee on Saturday. A good time was had by all, especially the winner of the best banana pudding – a foodie from New Jersey. You’ve got to check out … Continue reading
Nancy Roland, Executive Director of the Hickman County Chamber of Commerce, played the role of a tourist and told the audience at today’s session of the chamber’s Customer Service Training Series about some of the things, places and people that … Continue reading
If you you are running, watching, or avoiding the Country Music Marathon in Nashville, Tennessee on April 24th, you could complete your day with a trip down the road to Hickman County, Tennessee – about an hour southwest of downtown … Continue reading
In today’s The New York Times, “In Recession, Americans Doing More, Buying Less“, the trend of consumers choosing memories over stuff. In smaller communities like Hickman County, retailers should be marketing their high experience to value quotient. Big box retailers … Continue reading
Come visit a holiday event. While you are here, take some time to sample some of the food and shopping in Hickman County. Yes, it is looking and feeling a lot like Christmas! The Centerville Christmas ParadeDecember 6, 2009 at … Continue reading
December 1st. I will be breaking out one of my collection of Christmas ties this morning and officially declaring that it is looking a lot like Christmas. There are plenty of shopping days left, so why not make one of … Continue reading
Some upcoming holiday events: The Centerville Christmas ParadeDecember 6, 2009 at 2:00pm The Hickman County Chamber of Commerce and the South Central Tennessee Railroad proudly sponsor the arrival of Santa Claus in Centerville on Saturday, December 12, 2009. This will … Continue reading
Looking at the The Economic Impact of Travel on Tennessee Counties 2008, a study prepared for the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development by the Research Department of the U.S. Travel Association in Washington, D.C., showed that Hickman County is improving … Continue reading
I like to read unsolicited stories of visitors to Hickman County having a nice visit. “Great Finds in Centerville” and “Hickman County Quilt Show” were two positive posts from a Nashville blogger.
It was great to host Joanne Steele from California last week in Hickman County, Tennessee and to talk about what my organization, the Hickman County Chamber of Commerce, and local businesses do to promote rural tourism. It was even more … Continue reading
The Hickman County Fair will be held August 26-29 at the Hickman County Agricultural Pavilion and Fairgrounds. Be sure to ride all the rides and see all the shows. Summer is moving along and it won’t be long until the … Continue reading
Planning to hike the Appalachian Trail? Better rethink as it could damage your reputation…. for a safer hike, a shorter drive from Nashville, and scenic beauty — check out Hickman County. For more information, check out www.musiccitybackyard.com .
It is Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of Summer. I was just reading that folks are staying closer to home for their holiday and vacation fun (the “stay-cation”, as we call it.) If you are looking for a nice … Continue reading
Look who’s back in town. Yes, the Minnie Pearl statue is now at the Grinders Switch Winery. Check out the Minnie Pearl statue located in the gazebo on the grounds of the Grinders Switch Winery located in Hickman County. Minnie … Continue reading
A blog post with great ideas on marketing your business or community to tourists: “Yfactor -New Ideas for Tourism Niches“
All agritourism entrepreneurs and farmers considering agritourism enterprises are encouraged to attend a special multi-county workshop on Monday, May 4, in Hohenwald. The meeting will be held at the community building in Memorial Park on Court Street in downtown Hohenwald. … Continue reading
The Hickman County Times reported in today’s edition a couple of positive statistics related to basic economic development in Hickman County Tennessee. First, the total tax base is 21% more than last year. Second, the latest reported tourism spending has … Continue reading
Regional Workshop to Focus on Growing Your Tourism-influenced Business with Research Don’t miss the third and final Regional Tourism/Business Workshop that will be held in Linden on Friday, April 17th at the Perry County Community Development Center. Judy Randall of … Continue reading
Looking for a fun experience at a great value?Hickman County has about as much fun as can be had under the sun… not to mention the fun while the moon shines! Beautiful scenery, unique shopping and dining experiences, interesting history, … Continue reading
In a recent edition of Garden & Gun magazine, two of the 100 foods honored in the article “Good Eats: 100 Southern Foods You Absolutely, Positively Must Try Before You Die” can only be enjoyed in Hickman County. Biscuits from … Continue reading
Though ‘Shop Local’ campaigns may smack of protectionism, if local retail business communicate their attractive products and services to the local market, the local consumer will see the value in spending their money close to home. For a more thorough … Continue reading
Not since the Perry County Jayhawkers burned a large portion of Centerville’s residential neighborhoods during the Civil War has there been such an abomination to the spirit of being good neighbors. Our beloved Minnie Pearl statue is being held in … Continue reading